Drugs, alcohol, suicide killing more Americans than ever

“But between 2015 and 2016 the racial differences popped out. We saw literally a 39 percent increase in deaths of people of color due to drug overdose. When we talk about deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide, we recognize that there is a relationship there – that we can’t just look at the issue of suicide in isolation without tackling drugs and alcohol because the data show that they are related. We talk about creating a national resilience strategy. How can we go into communities and see so much more than presence or absence of disease, but begin to take into account the social factors, to actually take care of people’s pain in more comprehensive ways instead of just treating them like a diagnosis or just labeling them as having some problem.”

– Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust.

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